Survivor Edition | Karen Caruso

“I’m a wife, a mom, a sister, a grandmother and a friend.“ 

The old saying goes that life can change on a dime, and for Karen Caruso, it did just that. One week in July 2017, she was living life, enjoying family and friends, pursuing her passions with work and for ultra-running, and volunteering for BCSO […]

Good Bones | Woof Gang Bakery

How Woof Gang Bakery is Reimagining Pet Nutrition and Care

By Carrie Stevenson

For Woof Gang Bakery franchise owner Ryan Wesner, pet care is personal. Six years ago, Wesner decided to open his Lake Nona location because he was tired of driving out of town for higher quality pet care products when his dogs were facing health […]

Survivor Edition | Royce Shingleton

“The doctor did go tell my wife that they lost me on the table…“ 

People often ask the question, why does one person survive such a traumatic experience while someone else may not? What makes one situation and fate different from another? Last year, Royce Shingleton found himself asking these very questions. 

“I thought everything was fine in […]

Survivor Edition | Shamika Chamberlin

 “There’s a hole left in your soul, your heart shatters and your body goes numb.” 

Kira Dunnah-Chamberlin was the most vivacious 11-year-old one could imagine. She was always active: playing soccer, basketball, and a member of the swim team. She loved crafting and DIY kits. Born the second of four children but the eldest girl, Kira […]

Survivor Edition | Natasha Duran

“The greatest mark of a survivor is how they transform despair into hope.” 

“Your. Child. Is. Sick.” Four crushing words that no parent should ever have to hear. “Their condition — well, it’s life threatening.” A reality no parent should ever have to accept. 

“The thought of their childhood being stripped away ate away at my heart; […]

Up Close with Kechi of “America’s Got Talent”

Life can change in an instant. One day a person is here and the next, they’re gone. The old saying goes, “live life to its fullest”— but how? When in the midst of trials, that’s easier said than done. Sometimes all that’s needed is an inspirational voice of encouragement and a sobering realization; one comes […]

Survivor Edition | Cheri Lavelle

This was her dream home and she couldn’t be happier where things were at this stage of her life. 

In April 2014, Cheri Lavalle was living her life, and had recently moved into her grandfather’s house with her husband. This was her dream home and she couldn’t be happier where things were at this stage of […]

Rockledge Country Club Celebrates 100 Years with Hickory Sticks

by Steven Hicks

Rockledge Country Club (RCC) is celebrating its centennial year, and in that spirit, their Labor Day event will be a Hickory Stick tournament. The event offers golfers the chance to “play the course similar to the way golf was played when the Club was founded.” 

“I’ve been in the golf business for over a […]

Great Southeast Flooring America | Pet Friendly Flooring

What would life be without pets? In many cases, a dog or cat is like a member of the family. They have a marked effect on our happiness levels. Consequently, we want to make them happy in return. 

Having the right kind of floor can make both you and your pets happier. 

When we consider pets and […]

K9 Kampus

by Mallorie Ann Ingram

 Things are heating up on Space Coast but cooling off at K9 Kampus with numerous developments underway to better serve the pets of Brevard. 

President and CEO of K9 Kampus Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki is excited about the improvements being made to modernize and enhance the doggie daycare from top to bottom, all designed to […]

Pat Picornell | The True Pet Lover

by Steven Hicks

On a hot, pre-summer day in June, SpaceCoast Living met with Patricia (Pat) Picornell, Vice President–Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services in Melbourne. After brief introductions, Picornell tells us, “It is peaceful here. I think the environment is terrific, and there are not many places that you can go where the energy just […]

Meili Viera | Waterman Real Estate | Business Spotlight

Waterman Real Estate opened 2000, but moved into their current building on Minton Road in 2010, Andy Waterman’s firm has been in the Real Estate industry for over 18 years. Waterman will tell you though he’s been “at it” since 1997. Waterman has created his niche in Residential Real Estate. “We’re typically in the top […]

Growth on the Horizon

Shoppers and diners will be in for some exciting new changes and developments at The Avenue Viera later this year. In addition, a new face will also be present within the community: General Manager Kevin Cedik. Bringing over 20 years of industry experience to our booming local economy, he is confident with plans to take […]

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Meringue Pie

by Mallorie Ann Ingram

To say life has its ups and downs would be an understatement for most people, especially those coping with disabilities. Jennifer Cleveland, board member at the Center for the Visually Impaired, has made it a point to help spread the news of hope, making an impact to help others beat their potential. 

Before […]

Men We Admire

by Mallorie Ann Ingram

Don Whitman
What does a firefighter with a military background look like? Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Don Whitman comes to mind. 

Whitman’s Air Force military background took him around the world with life experiences, journeys and endless stories; but at the end of 1999, his life changed. It was then he met the […]

You Know Dad Would Love This | The New Lexus LS500

By Steven Hicks

Built on the platform of the striking, high-performance LC coupe, the new Lexus LS500 sedan features Lexus’ first-ever twin-turbocharged engine, the new Lexus Safety System+ A, offering their most advanced safety technology yet, and, as Lexus of Melbourne’s Owner/General Manager T.R. Page says, “Meticulous craftsmanship including premium wood trim designs so unique they […]

A New Baby From the Male Perspective

The Flinchbaugh’s are pregnant!
It’s always fun to hear from fathers about their experiences and memories throughout life with their kids, but what about the expecting dads that haven’t quite yet kicked off this life-changing adventure? Expecting parents Nevin and Tasha Flinchbaugh (Nevin is our SpaceCoast Business Magazine Art Director) are about to find out and […]

The Big Shave | St. Baldrick’s Foundation

By Michael Candelaria

Space Coast Conquers is proving to be more than a great name – through community service to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and fight childhood cancer.

The scene in March was almost historic. Certainly, it was moving, inspirational and effective – with impacts that will change lives and likely even save some of them.

The […]

First and Goal! | Meet Viera High’s New Football Coach

Words and Photo By Steven Hicks
Meet Viera High’s new football coach, Derek Smith.
“The players here expect to be student athletes, not athletes who go to school.” – Derek Smith

In many towns, the hierarchy goes like this; mayor, revered pastor or priest, police chief, football coach. And it isn’t always in that order. Viera is a […]

The Mortgage Firm | The Company Profile


Christine Danielson, Branch Manager – Melbourne and Melbourne Beach 
Christopher Goodman, Branch Manager – West Melbourne
Sarah Hidy, Branch Manager and Loan Originator – Suntree/Viera




Suntree/Viera, West Melbourne, Melbourne and Melbourne Beach


In an industry where many lenders are trying to perfect the home lending experience through automation, The Mortgage Firm […]